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Storm-battered California roads to cost $600 million to fix

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:46pm

The bill to repair California's roadways hammered by floods and rockslides in an onslaught of storms this winter has reached nearly $600 million, more than double what the state budgeted for such emergencies, and the costs are mounting for other badly damaged infrastructure just two months into 2017.

NAACP urges North Carolina boycott over conservative laws

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:46pm

The NAACP urged religious conferences, athletic events and musicians on Friday to avoid North Carolina as part of a national boycott protesting the state's conservative policies including a law limiting LGBT protections.

US rig count increases 3 this week to 754; Texas up 8

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:30pm

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by three this week to 754.

The Latest: NRA chief tells crowd to oppose 'violent left'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:20pm

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Pipeline protest camp cleared, but area far from normal

Blake Nicholson and James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:18pm

Authorities this week cleared the last holdouts from a large Dakota Access pipeline protest camp on federal land in North Dakota, but it will be a while before the region returns to normal.

Correction: Trump-Manufacturing story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:07pm

In a story Feb. 23 about a meeting that President Donald Trump held with two dozen manufacturing executives, The Associated Press referred incorrectly to Doug Oberhelman as the CEO of Caterpillar Inc. Oberhelman is the current chairman and former CEO of Caterpillar.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump considers 20 million people 'very few'

Alicia A. Caldwell and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:06pm

President Donald Trump said Friday that his predecessor's health care law covers "very few people" as he minimized the impact of replacing it. That's only true if you consider more than 20 million people to be very few.

The Latest: Protest camp cleared, but area far from normal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 11:27am

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Italy vows to be ready in time to host G-7 in Sicilian town

Gino MacEli, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 11:06am

Italy still needs to build two helicopter landing pads and repave miles of road, but a top government official promised Friday that everything will be ready for the May 26-27 G-7 summit being held in a stunning Sicilian town overlooking the sea.

The Latest: NAACP makes first move in North Carolina boycott

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:58am

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Montana landowners say government botched arsenic cleanup

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:50am

George Niland wonders whether he should wear a respirator when he mows his lawn. Serge Myers laments not being able to garden in his backyard. Rob Phillips puzzles over why his 22 acres have been marked as an unblemished island surrounded by a sea of contamination.

Nevada plans July pot sales despite warning of US crackdown

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:47am

Nevada still plans to launch recreational marijuana sales in July despite warnings this week of a federal crackdown by the administration of President Donald Trump, state officials said Friday.

Trump tower opens in Vancouver but the welcome isn't warm

Jeremy Hainsworth and Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:47am

The furies unleashed by Donald Trump's rise to the U.S. presidency are shaking Vancouver, where a gleaming new Trump International Hotel and Tower is about to open.

Sharp vision: New glasses help the legally blind see

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:30am

Jeff Regan was born with underdeveloped optic nerves and had spent most of his life in a blur. Then four years ago, he donned an unwieldy headset made by a Toronto company called eSight.

3 people critically injured in Oklahoma gas well explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:20am

Authorities say four people were injured when a private natural gas well exploded in eastern Oklahoma.

Explosives demolish Cleveland power plant in middle of night

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:06am

A century-old power plant along Lake Erie in Cleveland has been demolished with 200 pounds of explosives that brought it crashing down in the middle of the night.

Markets Right Now: Stocks move lower on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:59am

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J.C. Penney to shut 130-plus stores, offer early retirements

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:58am

J.C. Penney is joining its department store rivals in pruning its store numbers in an era of online shopping.

Democratic senators criticize Trump on Chinese trademarks

Erika Kinetz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:58am

Democratic senators are protesting the Trump Organization's acceptance of a valuable trademark from the Chinese government without asking Congress first if doing so is constitutional.

Report: German spy agency targets foreign reporters' phones

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:48am

The German weekly Der Spiegel reports that the country's spy agency had at least 50 numbers and email addresses of journalists among its surveillance targets.